What timing! Yesterday HW reminded readers about some of the commentary around ATARs, including Swinburne vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson and La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar, who both — in various ways — called the entry scheme pointless.
But look what’s turned up today. A submission to the Productivity Commission from the esteemed National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, which says: “That research also confirmed that the ATAR is a very robust statistical predictor of later academic success, something that is commonly challenged.”
Not so, according to Deakin’s Jane den Hollander, who wrote in the Geelong Advertiser that “focusing on such an artificial indicator of a person’s ability to teach well, such as an ATAR result, assumes universities cannot harness potential. There is no evidence this is the case.”
Ninety-one percent of teachers agree that technology gives them more ability to tailor lessons and homework assignments to the individual needs of each student, but only 16 percent of teachers give their schools an 'A' grade for incorporating it into their classrooms, according to a new national survey.
The 'Teachers' Dream Classroom Survey,' sponsored by online education resources provider Edgenuity, was conducted to better understand technology use in the classroom and how it impacts the educational experience. The findings are based on responses to an online survey given in March to a random sample of 400 middle and high school teachers in grades 6 through 12.
"Technology can be an incredible force multiplier for teachers," said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, in a statement. "Good teachers are already doing so much to personalize learning for their students. Educators are now beginning to focus on how to integrate technology to improve student outcomes."
For the first 14 and a half years of Gordy's life, Evan and Dara Baylinson had no reason to believe their son could comprehend anything they said: He had never spoken, and he couldn't - New Zealand Herald
Response to the purchase was immediate and fierce, but Elsevier maintains it will keep SSRN's "freemium" model.
Elsevier revealed yesterday it has purchased the open access Social Science Research Network (SSRN) for an undisclosed amount. Reactions to the deal have been less than positive, to say the least.
Elsevier, the largest publisher of academic journals in the world, with more than 2,000 titles and more than $3 billion in revenue in 2015, has been widely criticized for what some characterize as exorbitant subscription rates for many of its academic journals. Annual subscriptions for libraries can cost thousands of dollars for a single journal, with several surpassing the $10,000 mark for combined or multi-volume licenses. (Many annual subscriptions, though, are less than $1,000.)
Critics argue that these rates would be justified if the costs to produce the journals were high for Elsevier. However, as several pointed out yesterday, Elsevier (and other scholarly publishers) don’t pay for the research, don’t compensate researchers and are under no obligation to pay reviewers. And in the case of digital subscriptions, they don’t even have to pay mechanical costs for printing.
We’re learners even before the moment we are born. Nearly every observation made as babies is tucked away as a memory of a lesson learned. We all begin as learners naturally making our own discoveries. We are curious about how things work, and experiment with our own ideas. Our inner spirited learner says, “Get out of my way!” as we yearn to take command of our learning.
The trick to getting more parents involved in what’s going on in the classroom: stick to video, social media, and other familiar tech Teachers have become pretty adept at doing more with less, but in our efforts to offset funding cuts, we often overlook a very important, and inexpensive, resource: parents. In fact, parents can make such a big impact that researchers have found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results gained by parental involvement.
Abstract | Using a longitudinal dataset of prisoners in Western Australia, this paper describes the effectiveness of correctional education in improving post-release outcomes. The report shows that the more classes completed by prisoners the lower the rate of re-incarceration and the less likely they are to increase the seriousness of their offending. These, and other personal and societal benefits such as a reduction in welfare dependence, were positively associated with the number of classes prisoners successfully completed—that is, the more classes the inmate successfully completes, the less likely they are to reoffend and to access unemployment benefits.
Much has been written about how correctional education contributes to post-release outcomes for ex-prisoners. In their systematic review of 50 studies of the effectiveness of correctional education, Davis et al. (2013) found that study in prison unequivocally reduces post-release recidivism and, on average, increases post-release employment. Unlike most earlier studies of the impact of correctional education on recidivism and employment, including the primary studies included in the Davis et al. (2013) meta-analysis, this study uses five years of linked prison history, correctional education and income support payments data.
Improved employment and offending outcomes may better enable offenders to successfully reintegrate into their communities, and could produce cost savings into the future for justice authorities and social welfare services. This paper reports on the contribution of correctional education to reducing recidivism and welfare dependence (as a proxy for unemployment) for ex-prisoners in Western Australia.
LEARN Connect virtually and watch makers discuss on a live Google Hangout about different projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, etc. There will be a session each hour within the four categories: Designer, Entrepreneur, Re-Creator and Global Problem Solver. When you arrive to the landing page, you will select a category and watch the live presentation. SHARE We will spotlight those that have amazing things to share. PLAY One part of the event is participating in challenges with opportunity for your class to solve problems, be creative and PLAY. Some activities will be posted on the website in early March for long-term projects, but challenges will be given in the sessions and during the day of the event to play during #GlobalMakerDay!
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real medical condition, not merely poor behaviour. That’s the message from Dr Helen Boon, a researcher at James Cook University. Whether ADHD is caused by nature or nurture, or a bit of both, is still to be determined, but having this neurological starting point drains the issue of dogmatic speculation and gives it a scientific framework.
ADHD manifests in children aged 6 to 12. Symptoms include problems paying attention, excessive activity and impulsivity. It is diagnosed three times more frequently in boys than girls, and affects between 5 and 7 per cent of children. Management includes behavioural therapies, changes to diet and medication.
“International surveys indicate that many teachers are ambivalent about recognising ADHD as a real disease,” Boon said. “They don’t know how to approach it and they get frustrated. In addition, school resources and support staff such as teacher aides are not automatically provided to children with ADHD unless they have major cognitive impairments or additional disabilities, like autism.”
Boon said she perused 174 neuroimaging studies involving MRI scans, comparing them against a control group, and found differences.
“The brain circuitry in someone with ADHD is different from someone without – no question,” she surmised.
This forum is designed to deliver outstanding content, strategies, best practice and valuable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back to their organisations.
There are no sales presentations, but this forum specifically designed so that delegates learn through every presentation. New ways of learning have been tested and implemented across the Australian public sector, some successfully, some not. Done effectively the benefits become apparent due to its time and cost efficiency and flexible way of getting knowledge across to the targeted people.
Focus on education must last beyond federal elections, the chief executive of a multinational educational publisher has argued.
David Levin, from McGraw-Hill Education – one of the ‘big three’ educational publishers – said education, unlike elections, is always around. It shouldn’t be pandered about as a cheap way of getting more votes, but examined through a long-term lens, Levin said.
Reform should be considered similarly, he argued.
Always a little cautious of edcuation“Education is going to be with us forever, so you’ve got to have a perspective that says, ‘I’ve got to make the right long-term decisions, which are about bedding in systems and processes and all of those things,’ because one product will come and go, but you invest in teachers over a long period of time,” Levin told Campus Review.
Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.
"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She coauthored the study, published in Psychological Science with colleague Carol Dweck, who pioneered research on mindsets. "Parents have this powerful effect really early on and throughout childhood to send messages about what is failure, how to respond to it."
In nearly every instance, when the men read from their own compositions, the writing was absorbing, learned and impeccable. All of the men had gained admission, through a competitive application process, to a program initiated by John Jay three years ago that allows prisoners who have high school diplomas or G.E.D.s, and who are eligible for release within five years, to amass college credits, and then when they leave, to complete degrees in the City University system. Ms. Dreisinger is the program’s academic director and founder, overseeing the teaching of art history, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison and so on. She is adamant about the instruction of grammar, which is why the men’s writing stands out even beside what you might find among students at elite high schools where a warning about dangling modifiers is often considered a benighted waste of time.
With the right system of connected explanations and examples we could serve students the individual content they need on numerous dimensions:
The”traditional” student could get the explanation that taps into dorm life and high school drama, while the older student could get an example that resonates more with their life and doesn’t make them feel unwelcome every time they read the textbook.
Students who find one example too difficult could “dial-down” to something more introductory.
Students with a special area of expertise would have opportunities to leverage that expertise to understand new things.
Students with accessibility issues could get accessible content, and rather than universal design meaning the best possible path for everybody it could mean the material and platform out of which anyone could construct a viable and unique path, regardless of strengths and challenges.
As students came to understand things, they would write their own explanations and examples which could be fed back into the system to be used by others.
If we in the OER community were pursuing this dream, here’s some things we’d be working on:
Modular content instead of textbooks. Tons of the stuff.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder whose symptoms include a lack of social skills, difficulties with language and communication, and repetitive behavioral patterns.[i] ASD diagnoses have increased significantly over the past several decades and currently affect 1 in 68 children.[ii] The condition is about 4.5 times more common in boys, and can affect boys and girls differently.[iii]
ASD starts in early childhood (ages two to four) and lasts throughout life.[iv] While there is no known cure, there are therapies and strategies that can build skills and increase functioning. Because people with ASD behave, interact, and perceive the world in unique ways, they often learn differently than other children. They also need special support aimed at addressing the deficits caused by their ASD.
The section below highlights key findings from the research on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
New survey reveals less than one-fifth of teachers give their school top marks for incorporating technology into the classroom Only 16 percent of teachers in a recent survey give their schools an ‘A’ for incorporating technology into their classroom, and 48 percent of all surveyed teachers consider the technology they do have to be outdated.
Teachers’ Dream Classroom Survey, sponsored by Edgenuity, reveals that of teachers who did give their schools an ‘A’ for classroom technology integration, 80 percent said they feel technology helps them achieve learning objectives.
Eighty-six percent of teachers said they are either somewhat satisfied (64 percent) or very satisfied (22 percent) with how well the tools and technology in their classrooms facilitate learning.
“We can start with a tax on sugary drinks,” says Curtin research fellow Martin Caraher. But what do YOU think? It’s been done in Mexico, parts of the US and elsewhere around the world, and experts like Professor Caraher say the health damage sugar causes leave no doubt. More about studying Public Health at Curtin:
A skate park is popping up at Lower Henderson on Friday 6 May from 11.00am to 6.00pm. Staff who are keen skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders bring your equipment and go for it. All staff are welcome so even if you don’t have any experience just bring yourself, borrow a skateboard and a helmet and give it a go.
A DJ will be providing the tunes and there will be skills clinics for the more beginner users.
Staff who are keen skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders bring your equipment and go for it.
The Productivity Commission has recommended the free import of books, the free use of copyrighted material under new so-called "fair use" rules, a leglislated guarantee that consumers have the right to defeat internet geoblockers and much tighter restrictions on the granting and use of patents, under reforms it says could save consumers up to $1 billion a year.
Consumers should also have a legislated right to defeat internet geoblocks set by such companies as Amazon, it says.
Subtitled Copy(not)right, the draft report of the commission's nine-month inquiry into intellectual property finds copyright terms are way in excess of what is needed, offering more than 100 years of protection for works that ought to be protected for 15 to 20 years.
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